Graduating international senior without an offer

Hello Everyone. I am a senior at a semi target graduating in ~20 days. I got an investment banking internship last summer and it got canceled because of covid and I did a project finance internship last summer. I have been out of luck since I started my senior year. I haven't gotten a single interview the entire year. I have been networking, although not to the extent I should have, and people have been telling me that my resume is fine so I don't know if that is the problem. My GPA is not the best, 3.38 for now and I think it's gonna be 3.45 with this semester. I have been working as a research assistant on campus and my boss offered to hire me over the summer on my 3 years of opt so that I can keep applying and networking. Should I take this opportunity and if I do what steps should I take to get an offer at this stage.

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May 6, 2021 - 12:55pm

It seems like your campus boss is a nice enough guy to give you this chance. What you two may not know is that research institutions, universities, colleges, non-profits and comparable employers are cap exempt on H1b. Meaning if he is willing to employ you as staff you might end up with a H1b visa for up to 3+3 years. Would that not be an option?

OPT is fine if you are able to find an employer in the time. But they also have to get you H1b attempts in annual intervals and they *are* subject to the lottery and visa cap.

H1b staff on campuses might even be able to transfer to other colleges within the same network, etc.

Assuming you are on STEM, since you mentioned 3 year OPT.

Also, there is a thread somewhere showing which banking employers sponsor internationals.

Best of luck.

May 6, 2021 - 2:23pm

Thank you very much for your reply. I will ask him about h1b but I don't know if he has the ability to do that. If I get it correctly, I can only use that h1b for on-campus college employment. I don't know if that is something I can do in the longer term as the project I am working on is coming to an end.

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